Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:01

Enriching Your Christian Faith by Reading God's Word

Written by  Walter Ellis, Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church
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Christians embarking upon their faith journey in an ever-changing, fast paced technological society that is filled with the perils of times and stressors of life often find themselves putting the reading of God’s word on the back burner.  As we venture throughout our daily faith walk, we will experience some good days, but at other times we can feel overwhelmed, perplexed, discouraged and just simply want to give up.  That’s where the word of God comes in, for the Bible reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that “my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

 

As Christians, we must realize that each day is filled with new mercies, and new opportunities are granted which allows us to reflect upon our personal relationship with God.  Each day should be a day of thanksgiving, and another moment to diligently seek Him for guidance.  As it is written in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 

Depending on God’s word daily through scriptural reading allows us to renew our strength, gain spiritual maturity and grow deeper in Christ.  We must stay in God’s word in order to stay in the will of God; His Will is in His word, and His Word is His way.

 

The Bible has answers and solutions for every situation that we endure.  God is a subject-matter expert, for He knows all and sees all.  In our daily Bible readings, we can find scriptures that relate to any topics of interest, such as: law, love, history, politics, education, war, literature, marriage, finances, death, false teaching, worrying, prosperity, sin, servanthood and leadership just to name a few.  In what other book can you find expert advice and answers to such a plethora of topics all arranged together in a single volume?  Neither a philosopher, nor proliferate writer could ever address all of our needs like the book known as the “Holy Bible.”  The parables told in the Bible are mirror images of our lives.  As we go through difficult times, the Bible is a comforter and reminds us of those in the Biblical times who overcame difficulties.  Isaiah 26:3 reminds us, “Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.”

 

There are more than 100 verses in the Bible that refer to reading, meditating and hiding God’s word in our hearts.  As we read through the scriptures, we find that there is wisdom and knowledge to help us grow while on our faith walk.  So one still may ask, “Why is it so important for me to read scriptures regularly?  I’m glad you asked!  Among many, following are three ways to enrich your faith journey by reading God’s word.

 

First and foremost, the word of God, according to 2 Timothy 2:15, reminds us that “we should study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Matthew 4:4 further explains, “but he answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’”

 

The word of God lets us communicate with God through scriptures.  Making time to read our Bibles regularly creates a connection to God allowing us to hear His voice.  As it is written in James 1:23 NIV, “anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror.”

 

The word of God also allows us to experience true freedom. According to John 8:32, reading the scriptures can give us the freedom that God intended for us to have. We will be able to surrender all and fully submit unto Him.  As a result, we can enjoy freedom every day.  “Know the truth and it shall set you free.”

 

Delighting in the word made flesh is the consummation of God’s highest purpose of literacy (2 Corinthians 3:12–18). Enjoy reading God’s word!

 

 

Reverend Walter E. Ellis is pastor of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 1550 E. Washington Street, in Montgomery.

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